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Important Information Regarding Confidential Student Data


Update:

Parents will no longer need to submit objection forms by April 1 to protect their students' personal information in association with a federal lawsuit involving the California Department of Education (CDE) and two parent groups in the Bay Area.

Due to the overwhelming number of objections received by the court, United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller modified an initial court order requiring CDE to turn over a copy of a database containing personal student information and records to the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association.

Instead, CDE will maintain custody of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) database and help the parent groups run searches against the student information within it.

Parents who opted to protect their student’s personal information in this case were initially asked to submit an objection form to the court by April 1.

The lawsuit was initiated by the parent groups in 2012 and alleges widespread, systemic non-compliance with special education laws by school districts.

Campbell Union High School District was NOT involved in this lawsuit.

By court order, access to the student records is restricted to the plaintiffs, their attorneys and consultants, and the courts.  

No student records will be disclosed to the public or used outside the context of this lawsuit.  

However, student information may be used to help build the plaintiff’s case.

(En Español abajo)

Student privacy and confidentiality is a top priority of the Campbell Union High School District. As such, we want to make you aware of a recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) that is impacting all school districts across the state, including the Campbell Union High School District.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 to the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. While the court order reads in part, “No student’s identifying records will be disclosed to the public,” beyond those mentioned in the lawsuit, we wanted to make you aware of this. 

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.


INFORMACION IMPORTANTE SOBRE DATOS ESTUDIANTILES CONFIDENCIALES

Privacidad de los estudiantes y la confidencialidad es una de las principales prioridades del Distrito de Escuelas Secundarias Unión Campbell.  Como tal, queremos darle a conocer una la demanda reciente legal en contra del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE por sus siglas en inglés) que está impactando a todos los distritos escolares en el estado, incluyendo el Distrito de Escuelas Secundarias Unión Campbell.

En abril del 2012, dos organizaciones, la Asociación de Padres Afectados de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Afectados, entablaron una demanda legal en contra del CDE acusándolo de incumplimiento sistémico generalizado por parte de agencias locales de educación en cuanto a las leyes de educación especial. La demanda alega que el CDE no cumple con monitorear, investigar y corregir el dicho incumplimiento de acuerdo a lo estipulado por la ley. La CDE niega dichas acusaciones y está defendiendo el litigio activamente.

Nuestro distrito no está envuelto en la demanda y no es el sujeto de ninguna de las acusaciones de la misma.

Sin embargo, como parte de esta demanda, la corte ha ordenado a la CDE de divulgar todos los datos que ha recopilado en cuanto a estudiantes generales y de educación especial desde enero 1 del 2008 a los demandantes en esta demanda. Mientras que la orden judicial dice en parte, "ningún registros que identifican a estudiantes se le dan a conocer al público," más allá de los mencionados en la demanda, queriamos hacerle consciente de esto. 

Para obtener más información acerca de la divulgación de estos datos y como usted puede presentar una objeción con la corte para que esta considere no divulgar sus datos, visite: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. También puede contactar al Departamento de Educación de California al 916-319-0800.